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Gertrude Stein: civil heroism and overpopulation
In the «Movable Feast» by Ernest Hemingway, the Author comes to visit Gertrude Stein and, sitting downstairs, hears Ms. Stein speaking upstairs: «Don’t, pussy. Don’t. Don’t, please don’t. I’ll do everything, pussy, pussy, but please don’t do it. Please don’t. Please don’t, pussy.» Mr. Hemingway immediately leaves, having said to a servant: «What a shame». Note that Gertrude Stein could have said it to her cat jumping on the table and walking upon her manuscripts. Admittedly, Ernest Hemingway mentioned that he heard another person’s remarks. Looking at the portraits of Gertrude Stein and her companion, it appears questionable that they were indeed homosexual; but in any case it was civil heroism: being well-known figures, they exposed themselves to moralizing and mockery for popularization of the simple idea that, in an age of an upcoming overpopulation, sexual minorities voluntarily remove themselves from the sexual market and child production, which is of significance also for ethnic minorities. It is a well-known fact that ethnic stability of a society is a precondition of its structural stability, and that a relative growth of minorities can cause ethnic conflicts. Therefore, another hypothesis appears probable: Ms. Stein, being aware of Mr. Hemingway’s waiting downstairs, could have deliberately played this scene to move him towards writing about it, which he in fact did, to support a mythos about her homosexuality. It is worth noting that potential solutions of the overpopulation problem require a revision of some ethical clichés, for example, of the negative attitude towards sexual minorities and propagation of a novel ethical principle that no population group, whether ethnical or confessional, on a national or on an international scale, should acquire any advantages because of its numerical size. High fertility was propagandized in an age of global conflicts to replenish military and manpower resources; while birth control and family planning have been obfuscated by conflicting national and international interests because population growth has sometimes been regarded as a tool facilitating sovereignty and economic advance [1,2]. A concluding point is that globalized mankind should not only eliminate the motives for high fertility, but also protect those who voluntarily abstain from participating in the procreative competition. Here is a short essay by Gertrude Stein on a related topic .
1. Jargin SV. Ethical challenges in an age of overpopulation. S Afr Med J 2010;100(11):694
2. Jargin SV. Overpopulation from the viewpoint of medical and common ethics. Ukrainian Med J 2009:74(6):36 http://www.nbuv.gov.ua/portal/Chem_Biol/UMCh/2009_6/pdf/1528_rus.pdf (in Russian).
3. Stein, Gertrude. Reflection on the atomic bomb. Yale Poetry Review, December 1947 http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/stein-atom-bomb.html
Комментарий by S. Jargin — пятница февраля 11, 2011 @ 12:03
Яргин С.В. Причины гендерного дисбаланса. Народонаселение 2011; № 4, стр. 122-124.
Комментарий by Яргин С.В. — суббота марта 2, 2013 @ 00:35
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